Updated 12 October: Just a reminder that these new fuel labels will be in use at petrol stations from today.
Original post 25 September: Drivers here and throughout the rest of the EU will shortly be seeing new labels at petrol pumps. Under EU Directive 2014/94, which comes into force on 12 October, the new system is part of the attempt to provide wider access to alternative fuels, and means that new vehicles as well as pumps in all petrol stations will bear new labels uniformly throughout the EU. The new labels will appear on cars, light and heavy goods vehicles, buses, mopeds, motorbikes, and will be:
- E5, E10 and E85 for gasoline
- B7, B10 and XTL for diesel fuel
- H2 (hydrogen), CNG (compressed natural gas), LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) and LNG (liquefied natural gas)
It’s the final category which is really quite new, and refers to fuels or power sources which serve fully or partly to substitute fossil fuels for transport purposes. The EU says they have the potential to contribute to decarbonisation and enhance the environmental performance of the transport sector. There is a full explanatory leaflet HERE (for those who find the link seems faulty, it’s a problem with the security certificate for the EU leaflet’s site and not with the actual site itself: to get it to work, just remove the “s” from the “https” of the URL).
In a nutshell, however, for those with petrol cars as opposed to diesel, the E10 label should say “95 E10” (95=octane, E=ethanol): anyone whose car took the old unleaded 95 fuel should therefore use E10, but this should be clear from the label itself. Similarly, the E5 label should say “98 E5”, and so anyone who was using unleaded 98 should use E5.